I-69 Opens Today Ahead Of Schedule

The first three sections of I-69 were originally scheduled to open at some time during 2015 or 2016.

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Photo: Wes Martin/WFIU-WTIU News

Cars line I-69 near Washington, Ind.

The first three sections of Interstate 69 open to traffic later today. The governor says the 67 mile stretch of roadway is being completed years ahead of schedule and millions under budget.

A groundbreaking ceremony in Evansville in 2008 marked the start of construction on I-69.  Less than five years later a host of officials and road supporters are planning to gather to celebrate the completion of the first 67 miles of the road.

This stretch from Evansville to the Crane Naval Center originally was not scheduled to be completed until at least 2015 or 2016.  But after leasing the state’s toll road, Governor Mitch Daniels introduced Major Moves and allocated $700 million to fast track I-69 construction.

“We’ll have really before you know it the kind of functional I-69 that has been talked about for what, a half century,” Daniels says.

Grand opening events are scheduled today at three locations along the route.  Each event is closed to the public.

This was also the case with the groundbreaking ceremony in 2008. Officials said that was to prevent protestors from disrupting the event. INDOT officials say today’s ceremonies are by invitation only because of parking constraints.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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